This is some of the deepest and most satisfying work of all, when you discover the various shapes the book can take, how many different stories it might tell, what the poems mean to you. It’s the time when you weave the poems’ inner and outer lives together by finding the connections between your own thoughts and feelings and the public things you make with them. I have extensive experience with this thrilling and harrowing work. Please contact me with questions and for fees at my contact page.
Twenty-two women poets responded to questions of what it is to be both a woman and a poet, and to whether, how much, and in what ways gender matters to a poet. Contributors include Eavan Boland, Brenda Hillman, Joy Harjo, Judith Kitchen, Maxine Kumin, Carol Muske, Alicia Ostriker, and Ann Stevenson.
The essays here are full of the passion for reading that is at the heart of any poet’s writing life. Contributors include Marvin Bell, Stephen Dunn, Albert Goldbarth, Linda Gregerson, Ed Hirsch, Carl Phillips, Jill Rosser, David Wojahn, and Adam Zagajewski.
Sharon Bryan edited the literary magazine River City at Memphis State University from 1987-1993.